Friday, August 11, 2006

The Five Venoms (1978)

Completely awesome when its characters are showing off their kung-fu prowess, not so much when its characters are standing around and talking to one another. Furthermore, it can't quite pin down the perfect balance between silly and supercool like, say, Master of the Flying Guillotine did. On the other hand, there is a scene where a guy gets stuck in an iron maiden and laughs it off (Toad Style!). There's also the final melee battle, which could be considered three-on-two or two-on-two-on-one, depending on when you walk in. In other words: who cares about incomprehensible plotting and bad dubbing when you have guys beating each other up while imitating snakes and lizards? I sure don't.

Grade: B-


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